It's been a while since I've been here. Kinda hard to juggle everything when I ramped up my training the past two weeks before my taper here for the Spartathlon.
...I know... two weeks? That's it? Well, yes and no. I've trained the best I could, putting in some high mileage weeks, but I wasn't able to do it consistently because of work and travel to Europe and, well, a kidney stone. So, I increased the mileage these past couple of weeks, and now that my neuroma is good and flarin', I can start my taper and my caffeine wean (the hardest part about training for a major race!).
I've run up and down Mt. Spokane, lots of roads, back-to-backs, and I've tried to sleep to recover. Now, it's basically done except for the re-building of my body, feeding it well, sleeping when I can (yeah, right!), and wrapping up real life here too so that we hop across the pond for the second time this month.
Yesterday was very nice. I had already put in my training miles, so Tim and I took Izzy out for a spin. It was very nice to do something "normal." We made the 30 mile round-trip ride to the bike store for some supplies. Izzy's a heavy steel tandem...great on the downhills. On the uphills, however...whoa! Try a 15% grade climb on a tandem! 'Twas fun. I think my legs are sorer today that after my last long run.
Here's the link for the Spartathlon. They have a Live Update. I'm number 90. My goal is to finish. That's all.
Good luck to all runners!